|Steffen Persson (l) and Jonas Gadensgaard, who recently completed their apprenticeships and now continue as full-time, qualified tradesmen with Scanel|
Since it was founded in 1991, Scanel has consistently hired its own apprentices on a permanent, full-basis immediately after they qualified.
“Our apprenticeship programme is positive both for us and for them,” says Dennis Lavrsen, Scanel Department Manager and apprentice master.
“We give young people a specialist qualification, and we get future staff who are trained to the high level of expertise that we require.”
Every apprentice at Scanel has a master, typically the manager of the department in which he or she is based. Each master is a mentor for his apprentice, providing individual guidance and support.
An apprenticeship takes from three to four years. The apprentice works and learns hands-on at Scanel, interspersed with educational blocks of 8-10 weeks at the relevant technical institute.
The master from Scanel traditionally attends his apprentice’s graduation ceremony, wherever it takes place. Just recently, a Scanel master drove a 600 km. round-trip to attend an apprentice’s graduation at an institute in the far corner of the country.
“We attend to support the apprentice and also because we remember what it was like ourselves,” says Dennis Lavrsen. “I still clearly remember the day I received my certificate of completion. My master was at the ceremony and that made me feel genuinely proud.”
”Being stuck in a classroom is not really me. I prefer practice to theory. The apprenticeship has been great. I’ve worked on different projects, often from beginning to end. That’s a great way to get experience. All the others on the team are very supportive. ”
- Steffen Persson (22), who has just successfully completed his apprenticeship. He is now employed as a qualified technician in Scanel’s Electromechanical department.
”I’ve never been crazy about school. I like practical work. The apprenticeship was very hands-on. There was a lot of support. Everybody shares their knowledge. I was never just left to figure everything out for myself, and at the same time I was given the opportunity to work independently.”
- Jonas Gadensgaard (20), who has just successfully completed his apprenticeship. He is now employed as a qualified electrical installer in Scanel’s Orskov Yard Service department.